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Prince Harry says partying in a Nazi uniform was one of the ‘biggest mistakes’ of his life

london, england   april 04  prince harry attends the landmine free world 2025 reception on international mine awareness day at the orangery on april 4, 2017 in london, england  2017 is the 20th anniversary of the anti personnel mine ban treaty in ottawa signing, which prince harrys mother, princess diana, was closely involved in  photo by john phillipsgetty images
Harry says Nazi outfit was his "biggest mistake"John Phillips - Getty Images

Prince Harry has opened up about one of the “biggest mistakes” of his life in his new Netflix documentary, Harry & Meghan – which aired three of its total six episodes today (8 December).

The Duke of Sussex attended a private fancy dress party of a friends on 8 Jan 2005, where he dressed head to toe in a Nazi uniform, including a swastika armband.

The then 20-year-old royal was heavily criticised, with the Board of Deputies of British Jews saying the costume was in "bad taste". Harry soon apologised for any offence or embarrassment he caused.

In the third episode of Harry & Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex speak openly about structural racism, shedding light on alleged racism and “unconscious bias” within the UK and the royal family.


As part of this discussion, Harry reflects on how dating Meghan helped open his eyes to the idea of unconscious bias and how this bias played out within the royal family. “In this family, sometimes you’re part of the problem rather than part of the solution,” he said.

“There is a huge level of unconscious bias – It’s actually no one’s fault, but once it’s been pointed out or identified within yourself, you then need to make it right. It’s education, it’s awareness. And it’s a constant work in progress for everybody, including me.”

Harry went on to share how he attempted to learn from his mistakes and rectify the situation. Speaking of the Nazi costume, he said: “It was one of the biggest mistakes of my life. I felt so ashamed afterwards, all I wanted to do was make it right”.

He continued: “I sat down and spoke to the Chief Rabbi in London, which had a profound impact on me. I went to Berlin and spoke to a Holocuast survivor.

“I could have just ignored it and made the same mistakes over again, but I learnt from that.”

The first three episodes of Harry & Meghan are available on Netflix now, with volume two set to drop 15 December.

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